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Genetic and Epigenetic Control of Parental Care

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Behaviour, like any other phenotype, is traceable to how and when genes are expressed with distinct transcriptional profiles associated with distinct behaviours, even short-term behaviours. My laboratory interrogates the molecular mechanisms that initiate and stabilize social behaviours. We use the burying beetle Nicrophorus vespilloides as a study species. We use this species’ elaborate parental care to dissect the association of behaviour and social context with gene expression. Currently, we are most interested in epigenetic mechanisms and how they regulate gene expression during behavioural changes.

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